Jiri to Everest Base Camp Trek – 24 Days

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“Adventures are the best way to learn and discover the jewels of nature.”

Jiri to Everest Base Camp Trek is the classical approach of embarking all the way to Everest base camp avoiding the domestic flight to Lukla. Everest Base Camp and summit of Mt. Everest could only be reached along this way when Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa first successfully conquered top of the world in 1953 AD. This is a traditional way offers an opportunity to follow the footsteps of these legendary mountaineers and brings the unique culture, tradition and ultimate adventure in front of us in spectacular way.

Initially we head 187 km north east of Kathmandu valley towards Jiri. By joining Jiri to Everest Base Camp Trekking, you will not only get to step at Everest base camp but you will also get an insight to authentic lifestyles of local inhabitants and the best of nature. Trekking through various local settlements, villages like Sete, Junbesi & rivers like Khari Khola, we head towards Puiyan, Phakding and popular Sherpa village of Namche Bazar. We will be properly acclimatizing during our journey to Everest base camp. As our professional team leader, guides ensure your safety during each and every point of the trek. Leaving Namche behind us, Tengboche brings us the chance to visit ancient monasteries. Further, our popular Everest trekking trail leads us to Everest Base Camp, via Dingboche, Lobuche and Gorakshep and blesses us with eternal feeling of satisfaction and accomplishment. On our way back, we hike up to Kalapatthar for a breathtaking views of Mt. Ama Dablam (6,812m), Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Everest (8,848m) and other neighboring snowcapped peaks. We follow the same route back to Kathmandu and end our classic Everest trek. Regarding the best seasons, the months from March to May and from September to November are recommended.  

Trekking from Jiri to Everest Base Camp is the your best option if you possess high level of fitness and loves to explore new places, mountains, forests, rivers and nature. Another way to embark for Everest base camp is to join our Everest Base Camp Trek which directly takes you to Lukla by air. Else, if you want to have it all and explore all the attractions of Everest region in challenging way then join our Everest High Passes Trek.

Itinerary Overview

  • Day 01: Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) Kathmandu. Overnight at Hotel
  • Day 02: Scenic drive from Kathmandu to Jiri (1905m) 6 hrs by car/van overnight at guest house.
  • Day 03: Jiri – Bhandar (1520m) 7 hrs. Overnight at guest house
  • Day 04: Bhandar – Sete (2500m) 7 hrs .Overnight at guest house
  • Day 05: Sete – Junbesi (2675m) 7 hrs. Overnight at guest house
  • Days 06: Junbesi – Nuntala (2345m) 7 hrs. Overnight at guest house
  • Day 07: Nuntala- Khari Khola (2194m) 6 hrs. Overnight at guest house
  • Day 08: Khari Khola – Puiyan (2890m) 6 hrs. Overnight at guest house
  • Day 09: Puiyan – Phakding (2610m) 6 hrs. Overnight at guest house
  • Day 10: Phakding – Namche Bazar (3440m) 6 hours. Overnight at guest house
  • 11: Acclimatization day in Namche bazaar – Hike to Everest view hotel (3900m) 3-4 hours. Overnight at guest house
  • Day 12: Namche – Tengbouche (3860m) 5 hours. Overnight at guest house.
  • Day 13: Tengbouche – Dingboche (4410m) 5 hours. Overnight at guest house.
  • Day 14: Day trip to Chhukung RI & trek back to Dingboche (5546 mtrs) 7 hours. Overnight at guest house
  • Day 15: Dingboche- Lobuche (4910m) 5 hours. Overnight at guest house
  • Day 16: Lobuche – Gorakshep- (5180m) – Everest base camp (5400m) – Gorakshep (5180m) 9 hours. Overnight at guest house
  • Day 17: Hiking to Kalapattar (5545mtrs.)- Gorakshep- Pheriche (4210m) 7 hours. Overnight at guest house
  • Day 18: Pheriche – Namche (3440m) 6 hours. Overnight at guest house
  • Day 19: Namche – Lukla (2800m) 4hours. Overnight at Guest house
  • Day 20: Lukla – Kathmandu (1310m). Overnight at hotel
  • Day 21: Leisure day in Kathmandu, in case of bad weather in the mountain. Overnight at hotel
  • Day 22: Final Departure from Nepal to your onward destination. “Farewell”

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) Kathmandu. Overnight at Hotel

Upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu, our office representative will meet and greet you at international arrival terminal. He will then transfer you to your respective hotel on a private vehicle. Upon check in at your hotel, relax or simply walk around the streets of Kathmandu and soak up essence of K’town. Meet your trekking guide at hotel or at Icicles Office. He will give you pre-trip briefing and ensures all your trekking gears and equipments are ready. Overnight stay at hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 02: Scenic drive from Kathmandu to Jiri (1905m) 6 hrs by car/van overnight at guest house.

In the first day of the trek, we take scenic 6 hours drive from Kathmandu to Jiri. Jiri is the starting point of this trek that eventually takes you at the base of Everest base camp on day 16. It is a driving option instead of taking flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. After long drive, we stay overnight at local lodge in Jiri. Meals include B,L,D.

Day 03: Jiri – Bhandar (1520m) 7 hrs. Overnight at guest house

We start our trekking activity today as we walk uphill towards the ridge. After getting at the top, we descend towards village called Shivalaya. Further taking continuous uphill and downhill walk though Sanfbandada, Kosaibad then we cross the bhanjyang pass to Bhandar. We enjoy the forest walk, landscape views and lower altitude local settlements. Later we stay overnight at local tea house. Meals include B,L,D.

Day 04: Bhandar – Sete (2500m) 7 hrs .Overnight at guest house

Today we will be heading downhill crossing the Liku River to Kenja and ascend towards Lamjura pass. First few steps will be challenging, however it becomes easy after we arrive at Sete where we get an opportunity to visit one ancient abandoned monastery. Gradually we enter into the villages inhabited by Sherpa community. Later we stay overnight at local lodge in Sete. Meals include B,L,D.

Day 05: Sete – Junbesi (2675m) 7 hrs. Overnight at guest house

Continuing our Jiri to Everest Base Camp Trek Journey, we start our day walking slowly towards the Lamjura Pass at 3530m above sea level. There will be great opportunity to pass through beautiful rhododendron trees. As we descend towards Tragdobuk located at the altitude of 2860m, we arrive at a local settlement of Junbesi at 2675m. Later we stay overnight at a local guest house. Meals include B,L,D.

Days 06: Junbesi – Nuntala (2345m) 7 hrs. Overnight at guest house

Today we trek uphill towards the ridge of mountain at 3080m above sea level where we get a glimpse of Everest infront of our eyes at Salung. Further leaving back Junbesi, we head towards Phaplu which is also the district headquarter at Salleri. Further we leave Salung and make our way towards Ringmo river, cross the Takshindo pass and descend towards nearby monastery. Finally we arrive at Nuntala and stay overnight at local guesthouse. Meals include B,L,D.

Day 07: Nuntala- Khari Khola (2194m) 6 hrs. Overnight at guest house

Jiri to EBC trekking trail leads us to DudhKosi river. Further walking mostly uphill through several Sherpa settlements, terrace farmlands and greenery, after around 5 to six hours, we reach Khari Khola where we will be staying overnight. Meals include B, L, D.

Day 08: Khari Khola – Puiyan (2890m) 6 hrs. Overnight at guest house

Today, we have our early meal and start our day through dense forests where we can spot flora, fauna and pass through canyon. In this way trekking through quite a few ups and downs, we finally arrive at Sherpa village of Puiyan. Overnight stay at local teahouse in Puiyan. Meals include B,L,D.

Day 09: Puiyan – Phakding (2610m) 6 hrs. Overnight at guest house

From Puiyan, we enter the local Sherpa settlement trekking through mostly steep downhill valley. On the clear day, enjoy beautiful views of huge Himalayas that starts to appear as we move forward. Across the valley, the route again connects to Dudh Koshi valley. At the end of the day, we arrive at Phakding for overnight stay in local guesthouse. Meals include B, L and D.

Day 10: Phakding – Namche Bazar (3440m) 6 hours. Overnight at guest house

From Phakding, we have our early meal and continue our trail towards Dudh Koshi valley with great views of Thamserku and Kusum Kangaru. Cross the Monjo village, and enter through entrance of Sagarmatha National Park. Further we trek through the Jorsale bridge and arrive at Namche Bazar. The trail further continues to Namche Bazar. We stay overnight at local teahouse in Namche Bazar. Meals includes B,L,D

11: Acclimatization day in Namche bazaar – Hike to Everest view hotel (3900m) 3-4 hours. Overnight at guest house

Acclimatization is one of the most important day during our EBC trek and today is our first acclimatization day. For letting our body adapt the changing environment and altitude, we go for a hike towards Everest View Hotel. Excellent views of Mt. Everest, Amadablam and other surrounding views is seen. We stay overnight at guest house in Namche. Meals include B,L,D

Day 12: Namche – Tengbouche (3860m) 5 hours. Overnight at guest house.

We have our early meal at our teahouse then head towards the hill upto Kynagymna in about 90 mins. We have a quick stop for lunch and descend to Phukni Thanga. The trail then ascend towards the beautiful culturally rich Sherpa village of Tengboche. We visit the Tengboche monastery and later we stay overnight at local guest house. Meals include B,L,D.

Day 13: Tengbouche – Dingboche (4410m) 5 hours. Overnight at guest house.

Today we make our way through beautiful forest and head towards the Imja river to arrive at beautiful local village of Pangboche. We trek through the yak pastures and later the trail leads us to Dingbiche. Excellent views of Everest hiamalayan range is seen along the way with plenty of opportunities to explore the Sherpa culture. Meals include B,L,D.

Day 14: Day trip to Chhukung RI & trek back to Dingboche (5546 mtrs) 7 hours. Overnight at guest house

It will be our second acclimatization day at Dingboche. Today, we go for a day trip to Chukkung ri where excellent views of Makalu is seen. We will then descend towards Dingboche at our same lodge for overnight stay. Meal includes B, L, D.

Day 15: Dingboche- Lobuche (4910m) 5 hours. Overnight at guest house

We enter the flat land of Dughla that takes towards Pheriche. A western doctor is supported by Himalayan Rescue Association is stationed here and offers treatment to hikers. Further ascending towards the valley, we descend towards the Yak pastures. Later we stay overnight at guest house. Meals include B,L,D.

Day 16: Lobuche – Gorakshep- (5180m) – Everest base camp (5400m) – Gorakshep (5180m) 9 hours. Overnight at guest house

A very important day for us today as we will be stepping at base camp of Everest today. From Lobuche crossing the Lobuche pass, we reach the excellent place called Gorakshep. Everest is not so far from here and we can feel that we are being surrounded by the greatest Himalayan range. In just 45 mins walk or 3 kms from Gorakshep, walking through rocky trails, boulders, we reach the highlight of the trek at Everest base camp. Later, we return to Gorkshep and we already start to miss the surroundings as soon as we return. Overnight stay at local lodge in Gorakshep. Meal includes B,L,D.

Day 17: Hiking to Kalapattar (5545mtrs.)- Gorakshep- Pheriche (4210m) 7 hours. Overnight at guest house

We push ourselves towards early morning Kala pathher hike today. Kalapathher is literally a black rocky mountain nearby EBC that offers the best views of Everest, Amadablam, Lhotse, Nuptse and other surrounding peaks. After enjoying these magnificent Himalayan panoramas, we descend towards Gorakshep, get our packs ready and descend towards Pheriche. Overnight stay at Pheriche tonight. Meals includes B,L,D.

Day 18: Pheriche – Namche (3440m) 6 hours. Overnight at guest house

Today we leave behind Pheriche and head towards Namche Bazar. We get plenty of opportunities to witness natural beauties. It will be more of downhill trek unlike many ups and downs that we had experienced in before days. Enjoying various natural and cultural highlights, we stay overnight at guest house in Namche. Meal includes B,L,D.

Day 19: Namche – Lukla (2800m) 4hours. Overnight at Guest house

Today is the final trekking day of our Jiri to EBC Trek. We return to Lukla and celebrate the successful completion of our trek. Overnight stay at local teahouse in Lukla.

Day 20: Lukla – Kathmandu (1310m). Overnight at hotel

We have our breakfast and head towards Lukla airstrip to board a domestic flight from Lukla to Kathmandu. Excellent views of Himalayan panoramas is seen as we fly to Kathmandu. Upon arrival at Kathmandu enjoy free activities until end of the day and overnight stay at hotel in Kathmandu. Meal includes B, L, D

Day 21: Leisure day in Kathmandu, in case of bad weather in the mountain. Overnight at hotel

Today is the leisure day or extra day in a trip if any contingency situation takes place. At Himalayan region the flights might get cancelled due to unforeseen weather conditions. It is always recommended to plan at least one extra day in your itinerary so that you won’t miss your international flight. And if everything went according to plan, enjoy a day tour around Kathmandu valley. Overnight stay at hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 22: Final Departure from Nepal to your onward destination. “Farewell”

Today is the final day of our Jiri to EBC trek. Our office representative will transfer you from your hotel in Kathmandu to International Airport. With great memories you have collected, farewell friend.

Price Includes

  • Airport / hotel / pick up & drop by private car / van.
  • Three nights’ accommodation with breakfast at 3* category hotel in Kathmandu.
  • One highly experienced, helpful and friendly Guide, During Trek.
  • Best available local lodge to lodge accommodation (twin sharing ) during the trek; we provide rooms with private bathrooms and hot shower at Phakding, Namche and Lukla
  • Porters (1 porter between 2 people), their food, accommodation, salary, equipments & insurance.
  • Kathmandu Jiri surface transfer by private vehicle.
  • Best available local lodge to lodge accommodation (twin sharing ) during the trek; we provide rooms with private bathrooms and hot shower at Phakding, Namche and Lukla
  • Lulka – Kathmandu flights inclusive domestic Departure Tax.
  • Down Jacket & Sleeping Bag during trekking.
  • First Aid medical kit.
  • Sagarmatha National Park permits fee.
  • TIMS – Trekkers Information Management System.
  • Government taxes & Office Service charge.

Cost Not Included During The Trip!

Price Excludes

  • All meals
  • Your Travel insurance.
  • International airfare and airport departure tax.
  • Nepal entry visa , you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (Tourist Visa with Multiple Entry for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entry for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos.).
  • All kind of cold drink like alcoholic and mineral water, Coke, Fanta, Juice etc…
  • Hot and cold shower during the mountain.
  • Personal shopping and laundry etc.
  • Personal trekking Equipments.
  • Tips for trekking staff and driver.

NOTE: Tipping is expected but it is not mandatory.

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